By Astrid Gühnemann
Today I got first hand experience of different forms of transport in Rio. A closed Metro station entrance meant we took a bus across the city to see the ciclovia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciclov%C3%ADa) at Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. In addition to the provision of segregated cycle lanes along the shoreline, on Sundays the road along the beaches is closed for cars and taken over by pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and any imaginable form of non-motorised transport. This provides a nice and safe environment for enjoying a day on the beach. It has to be said, though, that the provision for cyclists on the rest of the network in Rio is rather patchy. It also took us two hours and a detour via central station to get back to the hostel after taking the wrong bus due to lack of information whether the right bus would ever show up.